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Keewatin Minnesota Community Guide


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Location of Keewatin, Minnesota
Keewatin, population of 1,068 offers affordable small town living in the beautiful setting in rural Minnesota. The City of Keewatin provides essential services, such as municipal sewer, water, police and fire protection. Situated only five miles from Hibbing, Minnesota's downtown business district, Keewatin is a progressive and thriving community.

Keewatin is home to one of Minnesota's largest taconite steel pellet mining operations. Keewatin Taconite provides employment opportunities for hundreds of area residents and continues to have a major impact on the regional economy.

Courtesy City of Keewatin

 Keewatin (city) 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2000-2010 Change
Actual Percent
Population 1,382 1,443 1,118 1,164 1,068 -96 -8.25
Land Area (sq. mile) 2.10 2.06 1.75 2.46 2.46 0 0.00
Density (persons per sq. mile) 658.1 700.5 638.9 473.7 434.1 -39.6 -8.36
Housing Units 547 647 551 550 546 -4 -0.01
Households -- 565 485 522 475 -47 -9.00
Persons Per Household -- 2.55 2.31 2.23 2.25 +0.02 +0.01

Keewatin is a city in Itasca County, Minnesota. U.S. Route 169 serves as a main arterial route in the city. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.88 square miles (7.46 km˛), of which, 2.46 square miles (6.37 km˛) of it is land and 0.42 square miles (1.09km˛) of it is water. The elevation is 1,457 ft (444 m) above sea level.

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As of the census of 2010, there were 1,064 people, 475 households, and 265 families residing in the city. The population density was 434.1 inhabitants per square mile (167.6/km2). There were 546 housing units at an average density of 222.0 per square mile (85.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.8% White, 0.5% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.3% of the population.

There were 475 households of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.2% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 39.9 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 30.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.5% male and 48.5% female.

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Iron ore explorations had been carried on extensively throughout the western Mesabi Range by 1904, when large deposits were found at the site of present Keewatin. A settlement grew there and took its name from the Ojibwa Giwedin, meaning "north" or "north wind".

 Keewatin grew slowly in its first years. In 1905 the St. Paul Mine started operations, followed three years later by the Bray Mine. Development increased when the Great Northern Railroad reached the community in 1909. Two more mines, the Mississippi and the Bennett, opened in 1910 and 1912. The Mesabi Chief Mine went into operation in 1927 and became Keewatin's largest mine. By 1940, the Mesabi Chief had shipped over six million five hundred thousand tons of iron ore.

 In 1974, a group of companies jointly invested in the construction of the National Steel Pellet Taconite processing facility, visible north of town from Highway 169. Presently processing tons of taconite annually, the plant has given Keewatin a new lease on life.

Excerpt From: Iron Range Country
A Historical Travelogue of Minnesota's Iron Ranges
Published by: The IRRRB 1979

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Keewatin City Hall
127 W 3rd Avenue
PO Box 190
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6517
Fax: (218) 778-6143

Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

City Council Meetings:
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month at 5:00 pm

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Keewatin Minnesota City Hall, 2002

Title Term Ends Name and Address   Phone
Mayor 12/31/2022 William King
201 S 5th Street

PO Box 406
Keewatin, MN 55753
  (218) 969-0637
Clerk appointed Tawnya Maras
305 S 5th Street - PO Box 190
Keewatin, MN 55753
Email (218) 969-6426
Treasurer appointed Melissa Durant
415 W Howard Avenue - PO Box 595
Keewatin, MN 55753
  (218) 969-0576
Council Member 12/31/2022 Tawnya Maras
305 S 5th Street - PO Box 190
Keewatin, MN 55753
   (218) 778-6430
Council Member 12/31/2024 Carissa "Cook" Jivery
532 N 2nd Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Email (320) 266-1424
Council Member 12/31/2024 Susan K. Thronson
202 E Taconite Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
  (218) 969-9908

Post Office:
US Post Office
123 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753-5000

Phone: (218) 778-6122
Toll Free: (800) ASK-USPS

Regular Business Hours:
Week Days      
9:00 am - 11:30 am
                        12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Utility Type Utility Name Utility Phone
Electricity Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Natural Gas Minnesota Energy Resources Corp (800) 889-9508
Wastewater Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Water Keewatin Public Utilities (218) 778-6544
Telephone CenturyLink Communications (800) 244-1111
Cable TV Mediacom (800) 332-0245

Major Employers:
Employer Products/Services Employees
Keewatin Taconite Iron & Steel Mills & Ferroalloy Manufacturing 379





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Mesabi Trail

The Mesabi Trail® is located in northern Minnesota between Grand Rapids and Ely. When completed, the trail will traverse 132 miles and connect over 25 communities. Currently, there are over 66 miles of completed trail which is easily accessible from several entry point gateways. At this time, the longest paved sections run from Grand Rapids to Taconite - 13 miles; Nashwauk east to Kinney - 30 miles; and Mt. Iron to Eveleth - 13 miles.

O'Brien Recreation Area

The O'Brien Recreation Area that is maintained by the City is located three miles west of town and can be reached by car on the highway or by the three mile non-motorized hiking trail through the woods. O'Brien is a beautiful spot to spend an afternoon fishing. There is a boat landing for those who wish to explore all the coves along the shoreline. No boats with motors over 10 mph are allowed on O'Brien. If you don't have a boat but would still like to fish, a beautiful fishing pier has been provided by the City of Keewatin and the DNR. For those of you who like to swim, the City maintains a swimming beach and has lifeguards on duty for six weeks each summer. Next to the beach area there is a "Jungle Gym" for the children.

O'Brien Recreation Area, Keewatin Minnesota

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Nashwauk Keewatin Schools
Independent School District #319

400 2nd Street
Nashwauk, MN 55769
Phone: (218) 885-1280
Fax: (218) 885-2910

Grades:   PK-12
Students:  588

Nashwauk High School
400 2nd Street
Nashwauk, MN 55769
Phone: (218) 885-1280
Fax: (218) 885-2910

Grades:  7-12
Students:  247
Nashwauk Keewatin High School, Nashwauk MN 
Keewatin Elementary School
300 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6511
Fax: (218) 885-2909

Grades:  PK-6
Students:  341

Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
303 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6593

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a
St. Mary's Church
108 West 1st Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6379

Pastor:  n/a
Sunday Worship:  n/a

St Mary's Church, Keewatin Minnesota


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American Legion Club Post 452
207 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6785
American Legion Club Post 452, Keewatin Minnesota
Bernie's Main Dry
216 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6344
Bernie's Main Dry, Keewatin Minnesota
Carlson's Accounting
513 W 4th Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6923
Central Hanna Employees Credit Union
103 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6833

Central Hanna Employees Credit Union has been open since 1957. The credit union has assets totaling $3.4 Million and provides banking services to more than 700 members.
Champion Steel
703 Pellet Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-4000
General Waste Disposal
35005 County Road 571
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6600

General Waste is locally owned and operated on the Iron Range, and supports the management of waste for the mining industry. We are trained, certified operators, using a business model designed to support the iron range, mining and mining vendors. We are members of the Iron Mining Association (IMA) and Northern MN Builders Association (NMBA).
Keewatin Auto Repair
200 N 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6111

When you are in need of a full service Auto Repair shop in Keewatin, MN, come to Keewatin Auto Repair, that was established in 1989. We offer a variety of automotive services including Auto Repair, Break Repair, Oil Change and much more. Our certified mechanics work to complete your services efficiently and on time with competitive rates. Need brake repairs, new tires or a full 24 point tune-up for your car or truck in Keewatin, MN, call on Keewatin Auto Repair, we will get your vehicle serviced and back on the road as fast as possible.
Keewatin Kar Kare
201 E Taconite Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 969-0300

When you need to repair your vehicle's brakes or tires, get in touch with Keewatin Kar Kare. We use only OEM-quality parts to ensure excellent results. Rest assured knowing that we'll treat your vehicle like it's our own. Depend on our experienced professionals to provide you with auto electrical services within your budget. From starter repairs to alternator installation, we have you covered. We only fix the parts that need to be repaired.
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Keewatin Fire Department
224 3rd Avenue W
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6332
Keewatin Fire Department, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Police Department
127 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6366
Keewatin Police Department, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Public Library
125 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6377
Keewatin Public Library, Keewatin Minnesota
Keewatin Recreational Bldg.
210 E 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6172
Northland Outdoor Wood Furnaces
105 1st Street South
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6314

Located in Keewatin, MN, Noonan's Welding & Heating manufactures The Northland Outdoor Wood Furnace.

Designed and built in Northern Minnesota, these outdoor wood furnaces are made to keep your home warm in the most extreme weather conditions.

Northland Outdoor Wood Furnaces, Keewatin Minnesota
Northland Performance Shop
106 W 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6166
Olson's Body Shop & Salvage
34855 County Road 571
Keewatin, MN 55753

Phone: (218) 778-6726
Olson's Mobile Home Park
501 S 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6760
Pro Blast Technology, Inc.
800 Pellet Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 885-4888

Our newly expanded 22,000 square foot facility includes state of the art abrasive blast rooms and paint booths, truck and equipment spray booths, spray foam insulation rig, portable abrasive blasting and painting equipment and a mobile Polyurea Spray Rig for Commercial Polyurea Lining. Pro Blast Technology, Inc. serves the needs of industrial plants, OEM manufacturers, fabrication shops, mining companies, loggers, and contractors. We can handle jobs as small as automotive rims to large 240 ton haul trucks.
Senior Citizen Center
300 North 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6958
210 N 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6140
Keewatin Sinclair, Keewatin Minnesota
Tackle Tamer Products Inc.
100 South 1st Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6249

The Tackle Tamer neatly stores and organizes all sizes and lengths of leaders, including steel. The hooks are aligned in a single horizontal row for easy access and view. All sizes of hooks may be attached to eyelet. The point of the hook always faces into the material when the leader is wrapped around the Tackle Tamer. This makes it relatively snag-proof and safe. The leader end and the Tackle Tamer is hollow, which allows you to store sinkers, swivels, hooks, etc. .. This facet, along with being produced of plastic, makes the Tackle Tamer buoyant, provided excess weight isn't applied. To remove any line memory (coiling) from leader when removed from Tackle Tamer, simply leave hook attached to eyelet and run leader material between your thumb and index finger a few times.
Tackle Tamer Products Inc., Keewatin Minnesota
US Steel Corporation - Keetac
1 Mine Road
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-

U. S. Steel’s Minnesota Ore Operations, located on the Mesabi Iron Range in northern Minnesota, is composed of two facilities: Minntac in Mt. Iron and Keetac in Keewatin. At these facilities, iron-bearing rock called taconite is mined and processed into iron ore pellets for use in U. S. Steel’s steelmaking facilities. Annual production capability at Minntac is approximately 16 million net tons of pellets, while Keetac can produce approximately six million net tons of pellets each year
United Steel Workers Local 2660
103 West 3rd Avenue
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6909
Hanna Local 2660, Keewatin Minnesota 
Vene-Qua Bar & Lounge
201 North 1 Street
Keewatin, MN 55753
Phone: (218) 778-6265
Vene-Qua Bar & Lounge, Keewatin Minnesota

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